Puu O Hulu

MODERATE 344 reviews

Puu O Hulu is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
679 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

bugs

rocky

scramble

This is one of the shortest hikes on Oahu. For many the drive out to this location will take longer than the hike up to the top of Puu O Hulu. Be prepared for a hot and dry climb to a set of bunkers with some of the best views of Nanakuli and Waianae. Puu O Hulu is a small ridge that is situated on the ocean side between Nanakuli and Ma'ili. It is clearly distinguishable from its double back that makes it look like a camel's hump with a water tank lodged in the middle. This split between the ocean side (kai) versus the inland side (uka) makes for an interesting hike albeit an very open exposed ridge hike. It can get narrow in certain spots with drop offs to the left and right; though nothing dangerous. There are a number of bunkers at the top with the most spectacular pillbox painted a hot pink(!) Take your time to enjoy the 360 degree views. On a clear day you can see all the way to Kaena Point in the west, Mount Kaala in the North and Kapolei/Campbell Industrial Park in the south.

12 hours ago

Quick but rewarding hike. Hot and not a lot of shade. A few cool trees with exposed roots. Interesting history.

10 days ago

Short and sweet. Took a small dog with us and she struggled with the hot temps on the way back so I had to carry her down. Great views and the walk up got the heart beating pretty good.

21 days ago

pretty quick(in my opinion) hike up to great views. also lots of places to take some pretty cool pictures not that much foot traffic either

26 days ago

Worth it. Go early for heat.

28 days ago

Really fun, and fast trail.

Start of the trail was super easy to find, just follow the dirt road right from the side of the road! The trail gets steep quickly, but the incredible views from the top are well worth it.

Went with my dog, and he loved it! Just be mindful of your four-legged friends near the top as the trail can become narrow.

1 month ago

Good hike to do yourself. Super peaceful and beautiful views. I definitely recommend it!

1 month ago

Great trail. Nice size climb but not too difficult. Toughest part is at the very beginning. Amazing views from the top.

1 month ago

Good trail but hot and very little breeze. Views are spectacular at the top. Be sure to have lots of water!

1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous views. Pretty moderate hike- some steep areas but nothing too difficult. Would recommend going in the AM when temps are cooler. Hike is pretty exposed to be prepared to spend majority of the hike in the sun. HIGHLY recommend!

hiking
1 month ago

Maybe I was just having an off day, but this was not one of my most favorite hikes. I think it's worth going once because the pink pillbox is very famous, but the Ehukai Pillboxes in Pupukea are prettier and the hike is very pleasant and shaded.

Pros: Insanely gorgeous mountain range in view during the hike, amazing ocean view up top, creative graffiti in the pillboxes
Cons: a bit steep with little to steady yourself, if it's windy the ridge on top is unpleasant and scary, go early or it gets HOT!

1 month ago

great views from the top.

trail running
1 month ago

It is more vigorous then the others let on, I wouldn’t take children on this hike because it is up hill! But definitely worth the climb because the view is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

This short little trail is bomb and wastes no time climbing right off. The bat. Great views of the ocean and surrounding suburbs. Ideal at sunset

hiking
1 month ago

So the views are to die for. The hike up although short is a super workout. It’s just too busy and getting too touristy.

Like Koko Head, which is also getting too crowded, this is the type of hike I would do a couple times per week as a workout if I lived closer.

It actually takes more time to drive to it than do the actual hike. Plenty of parking.

Tip: water, baseball hat, and sunscreen! There is no shade until you actually go into the pillboxes. Oh, and keep your dogs on leash! There are a lot of dogs on these trails.

hiking
1 month ago

Short and easy with a great view at the top! It's currently fairly overgrown in a lot of areas, but the trail is still very well defined, so there are no issues in finding your way. You might be rubbing against tall grass and brush though since the trail tends to be narrow almost the entire way up.

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on 4/18 to stretch our legs during vacation. Temp was perfect at 8:30a. Tall grass on the shoulder of the well marked path. We both wore shorts and had no issues. Took approx 25 mins to get up and 20 down. Perfect place to share a lunch or a beverage. Recommended for anyone who brought trail shoes. Mahalo.

hiking
2 months ago

Short, steady incline hike. The views and photo ops are great!

hiking
2 months ago

Love the views, enjoyed the Leeward side away from some consistent rains recently elsewhere.

A good portion of the trail is fairly overgrown, so pants may be in order if the tall grass troubles you.

Solid moderate as it presents a steady incline and some bouldering needed around the pillboxes.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a difficult hike considering the elevation change. The switchback routing keeps the grade pretty manageable. I would rate this on the difficult end of EASY. Narrow paths with steep drops likely are what make this trail rate Moderate.

My 7 year old daughter and 11 year old son made the hike with no problem and little complaint.

We took about an hour going up and 30 minutes back down.

Consider wearing pants if you have any grass allergies.

hiking
2 months ago

Love the views, enjoyed the Leeward side away from some consistent rains recently elsewhere.

A good portion of the trail is fairly overgrown, so pants may be in order if tall grass troubles you.

Solid moderate as it presents a steady incline and some bouldering needed around the pillboxes.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with a great view!

2 months ago

Real nice Hike. Pretty easy and chill under 30 degrees. Amazing view with plenty of opportunities to take some great shots

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with beautiful views of the Waianae Coast. Kid friendly, but watch them closely as there are some narrow spots, especially if you go past the last pillbox.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike today with my infant on my back in a backpack and my 4 year old. my wife and mother in law also made the trek. my gps had the distance of this hike at 1.2 miles so not sure about the 1.9 listed on this, maybe the trail went further but I thought I hit the top/last pillbox. very nice views, very close to the edge of the cliff, keeps your kids in arms reach.

One of my favorite. It’s a moderate hike but you can take the kiddos. Make sure you bring water with you and your camera ready to take spectacular pics!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy hike and spectacular view!!!

3 months ago

Forgot to start all trails on this hike but it was fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun trail. Not too long, but steep in places. The views of the valley and shoreline from the top are worth it. The bunkers along the ridge line provide a neat link to the WWII history of the island.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome bunker trail! Short but steep. Saw a lot of kids on the trail. Simply amazing views from the bunkers and summit. Glad to have found this gem!

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